Snooker star Mark Allen sheds FOUR STONE in stunning five-month body transformation after diet and change of booze


SLIMLINE Mark Allen has shed FOUR stone in five months after being warned he might not be around to walk his daughter down the aisle one day.

The Pistol weighed 19 stone when he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the second round of the World Snooker Championship in April.

The snooker star looks in impressive shape


The snooker star looks in impressive shapeCredit: Rex
Mark Allen in action last year


Mark Allen in action last yearCredit: Pacemaker

A conversation with the Rocket sparked a major lifestyle overhaul in mid May, which saw him ditch the booze, eat healthily and cut back on big portions.

Another discussion with a close pal also shook him up because he was told if he carried on this destructive path he would find himself in an early grave.

Allen, 36, is now just over 14 stone and he said: “I’m happier in my appearance. I don’t want to do bad things to myself when I look in the mirror.

“I need to lose more weight. I’m not fighting fit yet.

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“Before I started my diet, I was 19.1 stone which is really embarrassing to say for someone of my height and age. I’m now 14 stone 10 pounds.

“I have cut out all the fun stuff. Even if I do eat bad food, I eat so little of it. I try to cut out carbs as much as possible. Stick to stuff high in protein and fat.

“It has been hard work but I have been disciplined. I haven’t gone cold turkey like with previous diets.

“I only drank shorts when I went out drinking. Not massive calories. I’m not a massive drinker anyway. So I don’t particularly miss it.

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“One of my very closest friends said to me: ‘If you keep going the way you’re going Mark, you won’t be here to walk Harleigh down the aisle.’ That was tough to hear but probably what I needed to hear.”

Allen scored a 133 break as he beat China’s Li Hang 4-1 in the British Open second round yesterday.

His escape in the opening frame — he required FIVE cushions to hit the yellow — became a popular hit on social media and was described by the player as “probably one of the best ever shots I have ever played”.

The Northern Ireland star says he has had to change his cue action because he does not have a big belly in the way anymore.

I’m so used to going round my belly. Now I’m on a straighter path

Mark Allen

He said: “I’m having to adapt on the table. It’s probably not perceptive to those watching from the sides. But I can feel it myself.

“I’m not quite comfortable in my cueing yet as I have cueing on a different path.

“I’m so used to going round my belly. Now I’m on a straighter path. It affects your alignment and aim. It has taken time.”

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A conversation with Ronnie O'Sullivan helped inspire Allen


A conversation with Ronnie O’Sullivan helped inspire AllenCredit: PA
The Pistol has had to change his stance over the table


The Pistol has had to change his stance over the tableCredit: Getty – Contributor


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